Salary and Benefits

Recruit Salary

Recruits entering the Police Academy begin earning benefits within 30 days of hire.

Police Recruit Salary

STEPHOURLYMONTHLYANNUAL
Recruit $28.21 $4,908 N/A - Salary during Academy

Entry Level Salary

Once you become a sworn police officer, the salary schedule is as follows:

Sworn Police Salary Scale

STEPHOURLYMONTHLYANNUAL
STEP 1
(Sworn Ofc.)
$33.16 $5,770 $69,240
STEP 2
(6 Months)
$35.56 $6,187 $74,244
STEP 3
(18 Months)
$37.18 $6,469 $77,628
STEP 4
(30 Months)
$38.60 $6,717 $80,604
STEP 5
(42 Months)
$40.54 $7,054 $84,648
STEP 6
(54 Months)
$43.43 $7,556 $90,672

Lateral Salary

Pay for Lateral Officers range between STEP 3 and 5, depending on experience. Overtime and compensatory time is paid at time and 1/2, with a 3-hour minimum for court and off-duty call outs.

Lateral Police Salary Scale

STEPHOURLYMONTHLYANNUAL
STEP 3
(24-41 Mos Experience)
$37.18 $6,469 $77,628
STEP 4
(42-53 Mos Experience)
$38.60 $6,717 $80,604
STEP 5
(54+ Mos Experience)
$40.54 $7,054 $84,648

Uniforms and Equipment

Uniform Allowance: Yearly uniform allowance of $550.

Equipment issued by SPD: Glock 9 mm, or .40 caliber duty weapon and take home portable police radio. Laterals have options for .45 caliber.

Vacation and Leave

As part of the largest city in the Northwest, the City of Seattle offers generous leave and family coverage. Benefits begin the first day of Academy Training:

  • 10 Paid Holidays plus
    16 hours Personal Holiday
  • 12 Days paid Vacation
  • 12 Days paid Sick Leave
    (can be used for spouse/domestic partner, child or parent)
    (unlimited accrual)
  • Enrollment in Washington State LEOFF2 Retirement
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (Optional)
    (City Matches up to $3,173.52 a year)

Medical

Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance

  • Benefits start within 30 days of being hired.
  • No extra cost for Dependants Coverage and Domestic Partner Coverage is available.

Providers

Retirement: LEOFF2 RETIREMENT

Medical: AETNA | GROUP HEALTH

Dental: DELTA DENTAL | DENKOR

Vision: VSP

Relief Association: SPRA

The Seattle Police Department is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce. At SPD we acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.